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Accenting a Garden Wall

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: October, 2013, Page 168
Photo by Steve Gunther

Wall Flowers

Whether plain or elaborate, window grilles have been around for centuries and are common features on Spanish-style homes. Usually made of wrought iron, they add decorative touches and double as safety barriers.

To create this charming alfresco setting at their Phoenix residence, the homeowners hung wooden shutters and a wrought-iron grille—both purchased at an antiques salvage shop in Spain—on a garden wall. Italian pots, which appear to be embedded in the wall, actually have flat backs. Filled with springtime annuals, they are connected to an automatic watering system.

Below, an antique trough serves as a rustic planter. Dichondra growing between imported Spanish pavers creates a lush carpet of greenery.
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